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Woman Blasts Texas Governor on Virus, Then Offers an Invite

Fiana Tulip pens letter to Greg Abbott, citing his 'poor leadership' and asking him to mom's funeral

(Newser) - Isabelle Odette Papadimitriou was a 64-year-old respiratory therapist from Texas with no underlying health issues who died of COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, after just a week of suffering from a seemingly mild case, per the Houston Chronicle . Now, her funeral is set for Monday, and her daughter, Fiana... More »

NYC Steps Up Mass Burials

Hart Island sees 'drastic' rise in interments as morgues are cleared for virus victims

(Newser) - More than 5,000 people have died in New York City from the coronavirus, and it looks like some of them may be headed to what the New York Daily News calls the "Island of the Dead." Hart Island, located off the Bronx and run by the... More »

NYC Official Shares Contingency Plan: Mass Grave in Park

It would be 'dignified' and 'temporary,' he says

(Newser) - One of New York City's top health officials warned Monday that the city may need to prepare for a "gruesome reality" as COVID-19 deaths mount: the burial of bodies in a city park, with "trenches dug for 10 caskets in a line." "It will be... More »

Mass Grave to Hold 2.4K Fetal Remains Kept by Doctor

Indiana AG Curtis Hill to preside over Wednesday's burial in South Bend

(Newser) - More than 2,400 fetal remains found in the possession of a late abortion doctor now have a final resting place. All remains will be buried Wednesday in a single grave at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend, Ind., in compliance with a state law requiring fetal remains be buried or... More »

The Bryants Have Been Laid to Rest

Pair were buried Friday in Corona del Mar, Calif.

(Newser) - Kobe and Gianna Bryant have been laid to rest. Death certificates issued Tuesday show the NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter were buried Friday. The private family service at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, Calif., not far from the Bryant home, came almost two weeks after the... More »

Seattle Will Have Nation's First Human Composting Site

They've found a forest home for all the soil

(Newser) - A warehouse in Seattle is being converted into a facility to turn the dearly departed into mulch. Washington state's first-in-the-nation bill legalizing human composting takes effect in May and Katrina Spade, CEO of Recompose, believes the facility will be the first of many. She has created a process that... More »

Why John Dillinger Is Being Exhumed

The exhumation is loosely set for September 16 in Indianapolis

(Newser) - The plan to exhume John Dillinger's body is real, and could be spectacular—if it uncovers evidence of the Depression-era bank robber living beyond his reported death. So goes the suggestion by a man and woman who identify Dillinger as their uncle and say his 1934 demise was greatly... More »

Healthy Dog Euthanized, Buried With Owner

Shelter workers tried to save Shih Tzu

(Newser) - Evidence of people having beloved pets killed and buried with them has been found in ancient civilizations—and also in present-day Virginia. Despite the objections of workers at an animal shelter in Chesterfield, the executor of a woman's estate had Emma, her healthy Shih Tzu mix, euthanized, cremated, and... More »

This State Just Legalized Composting of Humans

Washington is first to legalize alternative to burial, cremation

(Newser) - Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood... More »

In a 16-Inch Coffin, the Grim Remains of WWII

Tissue samples from executed prisoners were found in 2016

(Newser) - The coffin that was buried in Berlin on Monday measured only 16 inches long. Inside were more than 300 pieces of human tissue, the majority of which measured about 0.2 inches square. The AP reports they're the microscopic remains of some of the more than 2,800 people... More »

Luke Perry Got His Final Wish: Interment With Mushrooms

Specifically, he was laid to rest in a biodegradable 'mushroom burial suit,' per his daughter

(Newser) - There's been some confusion on whether Luke Perry was buried or cremated, and his daughter has apparently cleared that up, with an interesting detail thrown in. Per the Tennessean , Perry was interred in Tennessee (he'd owned a farm in Vanleer), and in an Instagram post over the weekend,... More »

In a Single Coffin, 6 Victims Finally Rest With 'Dignity'

Remains of Holocaust victims found in museum are buried in England

(Newser) - The remains of six unidentified Holocaust victims were buried in a solemn ceremony at a Jewish cemetery near London on Sunday after spending years in storage at a British museum. The Imperial War Museum found the ashes and bone fragments during a stock-taking last year, the AP reports. They'd... More »

High School Shop Class Gives Veterans a 'Dignified' End

Gino Perez's shop class has crafted 18 urns

(Newser) - More than 40,000 veterans spend their nights homeless, per Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers. A high school shop class in New Mexico is making sure 18 such veterans' eternal rest is a dignified one. CNN profiles the wood and metal shop class led by Gino Perez at... More »

Why More People Are Storing Their Dead at Home

Cremation has seen a resurgence in America

(Newser) - Visit someone's home nowadays and you may notice their dead loved one—on a shelf, on the floor, or wherever. "They are in my house," says Ellen Herman, an LA ad saleswoman, of her deceased parents. "Actually, in my bedroom! In boxes, under a bunch of... More »

The 'Urban Death Project' Wants to Turn You Into Soil

It's called 'recomposition'

(Newser) - While the "Urban Death Project" may sound like the title of Hollywood's latest horror film, it's something else entirely—though perhaps not less macabre. It's a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has a novel idea when it comes to making burials greener: composting human remains. It calls... More »

This Might Replace Burial or Cremation

The body is dissolved by a process called alkaline hydrolysis

(Newser) - A main question for those planning the funerals of themselves or loved ones is pretty basic: Cremation or burial? But a feature at Wired explains that a third choice might become the norm in the not-too-distant future: dissolution. OK, the actual term is still in play, but it refers to... More »

Life After Death? Maybe as a Tree

Barcelona brothers say Bio Urns solve a host of burial problems

(Newser) - Whether you want to be buried or cremated, critics see two major problems with our modern burial process: We're running out of space for our billions of remains, and we're polluting the planet in the process. Inhabitat , for instance, calls modern burial downright "toxic." But a... More »

Tribal Chief Who Signed Treaty With Pilgrims to Be Reburied

Massasoit Ousamequin's remains were scattered when a railroad was built

(Newser) - The remains of the Wampanoag leader who forged a peaceful relationship with the Pilgrims will be reburied at his original gravesite in Rhode Island, the AP reports. Members of the Wampanoag Nation have spent 20 years tracking down the remains and artifacts of Massasoit Ousamequin. It was their "spiritual... More »

In Medieval England, Villagers Chopped Up Their Dead

Scientists think they feared a sort of zombie uprising

(Newser) - We humans can be a superstitious lot, and scientists are revealing yet another example of the extremes we'll go to in the fight to keep evil and danger at bay. In this case, experts report in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports that human bones excavated in 1963 and... More »

The Industrious Badger Can Bury an Entire Cow

Footage reminds scientists how little we know about badgers

(Newser) - This may not surprise those familiar with the decidedly NSFW honey badger : When a group of biologists at the University of Utah set out to study the behaviors of scavengers in the Great Basin Desert, they scattered the carcasses of seven calves in Utah's Grassy Mountains and figured their... More »

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